Forward lines and defense pairings
Pacioretty – Drouin – Byron
Galchenyuk – Danault – Shaw
Lehkonen – Plekanec – Gallagher
Deslauriers – Hudon – Carr
Alzner – Petry
Benn – Schlemko
Morrow – Lernout
Jacob De La Rose, Byron Froese
Ales Hemsky – concussion, Al Montoya – concussion, Shea Weber – lower-body, David Schlemko – flu
Here’s hoping that your Christmas week festivities prevented you from being on time to watch the beginning of this match. For at least the first ten minutes of the game, the Montreal Canadiens did not look like a team who belonged in this league.
While being outplayed badly and outshot 10-1 by Carolina, the Canadiens only answer was Carey Price. The Habs MVP was the only answer to the onslaught, minimizing the damage to just one goal against by the first intermission.
Alex Galchenyuk rifled a shot past Cam Ward just five minutes into the second period. Thanks to continued heroics from Price, the tie stood until midway through the third period.
If not for Carey Price, the result would have been ugly. Full-staffed or not, this is not a team that will be playing in the playoffs. Whether buyers or sellers (and it should be obvious which path the Canadiens are on) we are entering a very busy time for NHL general managers.
How can fans have confidence in Marc Bergevin to first accurately assess the team and then add a few assets or sell off pieces for future talent? Bergevin has badly missed this mark this season and shouldn’t be trusted to put pieces in place in a rebuild.
Up next for the Canadiens is the number one team in the league.
▲▲ Carey Price
▲ Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher
▼ Jonathan Drouin, Karl Alzner, Joe Morrow